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English Language Bridging Course

Bridging Course


English Language Bridging Course
4 months full-time
Curtin Perth


If you are from a non-English speaking background, English Language Bridging (ELB) is an accelerated academic English program that will prepare you for study at Curtin University.

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The English Language Bridging course is one of the most popular courses at Curtin English preparing students for direct entry into Curtin University. This course is designed to develop English Language Proficiency, academic literacy and specific language areas for your next course of study. The course also aims to develop employability skills for the workplace. 

Depending on your current level of English, you can undertake the 17-week, 10-week or 2-week ELB program.

Entry into ELB is dependent on the language requirements for your mainstream program.  The minimum English level required for entry are:

  • 17-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in each subskill)
  • 10-week ELB – Advanced (IELTS 6.0 overall or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill)
  • 2-week ELB - (IELTS 6.0 overall or equivalent, with one subskill which under your requirement by IELTS 0.5 or equivalent)

Find our upcoming course dates on our website.

You can use our Curtin English Pathway Planner to help you assess your pathway.

If you are unsure of your pathway or have any other questions, please contact us

 Why you should study the English Language Bridging Course

  • You will develop English Language skills and academic literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking for direct entry into your Curtin University courses. 
  • We offer a social program to compliment your studies so you can use your English outside the classroom. 
  • You can earn extra points by joining our ‘Connecting U’ program and developing your English and academic skills outside the classroom. 
  • You will understand how to read a Curtin University Course Outline before you start your University course. 
  • You will understand how to use the Curtin University learner management system; BlackBoard before you start your University course. 
  • Curtin English is on the Curtin University campus which you get to experience. 
  • You will be prepared for work, life and study on completion of the English Language Bridging course. 
  • Our teaching staff are experienced and qualified and want you to succeed.
  • Curtin English work in partnership with Act-Belong-Commit making sure your student experience is a mentally healthy one.

What you'll learn

  • develop and transfer generic academic literacy and mediation skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking to their own discipline
  • analyse and evaluate own and other's ideas in order to develop an academic voice in written and spoken English
  • develop English language proficiency applying knowledge of grammatical structures, vocabulary and phonology in order to write and speak, accurate, meaningful and comprehensible English
  • develop knowledge of and apply academic language and study skills to suit the conventions of a variety of local disciplines
  • develop and reflect on the learning process to develop autonomous learning strategies and life-long skills
  • show an awareness of current global issues and how they impact on local cultures
  • recognise the importance of various cultural and linguistic perspectives including those of Indigenous Australians
  • apply mediation skills to show comprehension of reading and listening sources to support writing and speaking
  • develop English language proficiency in listening and reading in order to comprehend a variety of complex, academic listening and reading sources

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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On Campus

ELB Academic Session 1, ELB Academic Session 3, ELB Block 1, ELB Block 2, ELB Block 3, ELB Block 4, ELB Block 5, ELB Block 6, ELB Extended Prep 1, ELB Extended Prep 2, ELB Extended Prep 3, ELB Prep 1, ELB Prep 2 and ELB Prep 3

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: BR-ENGL1
  • CRICOS code: 003896G
  • Last updated on: September 4, 2020